Smart ride on Seven Glory ends dry Whyte season

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 February, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 February, 1999, 12:00am

HARDWORKING Douglas Whyte broke an uncharacteristic dry spell in whirlwind fashion when the consistent Seven Glory (7.6-1) snatched the narrowest of victories in yesterday's finale.

Whyte, currently holding down fourth spot on the jockeys' table with 22 winners, had gone a frustrating 33 rides and four meetings without saluting the judge.

And it was one of Whyte's biggest fans, Australian mentor Geoff Lane, who came to his rescue with the seasoned Seven Glory.

Lane, who has one of Hong Kong's smaller teams, had been suffering a mini-drought of his own - saddling 34 charges without getting the money.

But Whyte wiped the slate clean with an intelligent ride aboard Seven Glory, whom he allowed to settle kindly before issuing his challenge well into the straight.

City Patrol (20-1) and useful three-pound claimer Alex K. S. Yu almost stole this Classes One & Two longer sprint by shaking off early leader Songs Of Victory at the turn and putting a good three lengths on the field.

But Whyte bustled his way clear of the pack halfway down the straight and did best in the final 50 metres of the race to deny the topweight.

Steven King was hard at work atop High Sky (4-1 favourite) but he only plodded to finish third.

It was a solid win from the versatile Seven Glory who was notching his third career victory for prize money of well over $3 million.

Earlier, the David Hill-trained Key Largo (6.6-1) dropped his maiden tag with a win in the Class Three, 1,200-metre sprint.

Felix Coetzee had the five-year-old in an ideal spot just off the speed and he booted clear on straightening to score with something in hand from Perfect Victory (3.8-1 favourite).

The wayward Hin Yuen's Unicorn (5.7-1), whose antics close to the line cost David Harrison three days on the sidelines, finished third.

Tim Pratt